What to expect

This one-day event, running from 09:00 – 16:00 at the Novotel in Hammersmith, marks a return to an ‘in person’ format after two-years of virtual conferences. It will bring together representatives from across the building engineering supply chain to consider the big topics of the day including how to attract the right range of skills to deliver our ambitions on building safety, sustainability, and health.

Collaboration is hard to replicate in a ‘virtual’ setting, so we are delighted to be welcoming speakers, exhibitors, and delegates back ‘in real life’. We will have plenty of networking opportunities to speak to likeminded peers, catch-up with old friends and meet the exhibitors. You need to be in the room to have that chance conversation that could change everything!

Once the sun sets on the National Conference, the space will then transform into the industry’s sparkling, hot ticket event. The National Awards will commences at 6.30pm at the Novotel, Hammersmith is dedicated to celebrating and rewarding the industry's apprentices as well as recognising companies and individuals who have impacted the built environment through their dedication, contribution, and hard work.

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The Programme

The conference will feature three content packed theatres which will host keynote speakers, panel sessions, technical explorations and industry inspiration. 

The BESA Theatre will host our keynotes and our big panel sessions designed to generate animated and informed debate.

Our two Technical Theatres will deep dive into the detail of all things technical.  Plus, will also feature a selection of sessions on a range of other non-technical topics from diversity in recruitment and staff retention to modern methods of monitoring indoor air quality (IAQ) to the business impact of the current economic situation and the best practice on pricing projects. 

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09:35 - 09:45
Welcome
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Welcome


09:45 - 10:15
Keynote
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Keynote


10:15 - 10:45
The Human Building – why a building is like a human body and what that means for its services
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The Human Building – why a building is like a human body and what that means for its services

Building services bring buildings to life. If the structure is the skeleton, then the services are the brain, lungs, and arteries that make the building function.

This session will examine how we can use this metaphor to demonstrate the value our industry delivers and how that can be leveraged to increase investment in building engineering firms and, by improving understanding of what we do, help with recruitment and retention of skilled people.


Saskia Lorrison, Workplace Consultant, Workplace 360
10:50 - 11:20
Can businesses meet the net zero challenge?
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Can businesses meet the net zero challenge?

Driven by their customers, investors and staff, more and more businesses are exploring how to cut emissions from their operations and supply chains.

Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow last year, thousands of UK firms made new pledges to net zero and the private sector was present at the summit like never before.

But have these pledges translated into action? And what challenges are companies facing in meeting the targets they’ve set themselves?

The CBI’s Decarbonisation Director will provide an overview of how the corporate world is responding.


Tom Thackay, Programme Director for Decarbonisation, CBI
11:25 - 12:10
The Safe Building – Re-thinking fire safety in buildings
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The Safe Building – Re-thinking fire safety in buildings

Buildings have long been designed in silos however, one of the biggest challenges in the post-Grenfell environment is the concept that in order to demonstrate compliance, buildings and  their building services need to be considered holistically as a ‘system’.

There are numerous examples where components come together as a single entity  and the challenge for industry is that we need to be able to demonstrate how the integrated systems perform together.   

The key question in the near future will be, if challenged,  can you prove that the design is correct, the installation is in accordance with the design and that the ‘overall system’ is assured to work as intended.  This is the essence of the Golden Thread of information.


Speakers and panellists:

Will Pitt, Technical Leader at Laing O'Rourke and BESA Technical Chair

Gill Kernick, Transformation Director, Arup, Ben Adams, Founding Director

Ben Adams Architects

Peter Woodburn, Director, Arup

Graeme Fox, Head of Technical, BESA

12:10 - 13:10
LUNCH
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LUNCH

Your opportunity to grab a bite to eat and meet our exhibitors


13:10 - 13:40
STEMazing - you can’t be what you can’t see  
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STEMazing - you can’t be what you can’t see  

The STEM skills shortage is estimated to cost UK employers £1.5bn a year. This cost to the economy is huge, but the cost to humanity will be even higher if don’t plug this gap. Alexandra Knight, founder of the ground-breaking STEMazing initiative to improve diversity in engineering and encourage more young people to take up STEM careers, will outline her blueprint for employers and inspire them to reach out in new ways to find the skills they need.

She will emphasise the importance of role models and mentors to attracting and retaining talent – and explain why the key to innovation in engineering is greater diversity. This will then be followed by a panel discussion featuring STEMazing Ambassadors.


Panellists: Alexandra Knight, Founder and CEO, Stemazing

Lisa-Jayne Cook, Key accounts, GEA Group and STEM-Ambassador

Steve Gill, World Refrigeration Day,

Lucy Sherburn, Consulting Engineer, FairHeat

13:45 - 14:15
The Future Building – what will our industry look like in 10-20 years’ time?
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The Future Building – what will our industry look like in 10-20 years’ time?

Technology is changing the world and many of the jobs carried out by humans now will be done by machine in the future…including many engineering roles.

China is currently building a dam using no human labour at all with the project driven by Artificial Intelligence; and the urgent need to move away from fossil fuels is already starting to transform the way we interact with buildings.

This session will look at the implications all this and more has for our industry and the type of jobs we will be doing in the future.


Panellists: Frances Brown, Associate Director, Hoare Lea

Carl Collins, Head of Digital Engineering, CIBSE

15:20 - 16:00
Beer and take-aways
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Beer and take-aways


16:00 - 16:05
Thanks and close
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Thanks and close


14:20 - 14:45
COFFEE AND NETWORKING
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COFFEE AND NETWORKING

Grab a refreshment, meet the exhibitors and network with peers


14:45 - 15:15
The Healthy Building – keeping people happy, healthy, and productive 
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The Healthy Building – keeping people happy, healthy, and productive 

The pandemic has illustrated the importance of making buildings infection resilient and the influence the building engineering sector has on health critical issues like water and air quality; temperature, humidity, light, and noise.

This session will examine the rapid progress made on all these fronts, but also how much further we must go to make our buildings truly healthy and safe for future generations.


Chair: Nathan Wood, BESA Wellbeing in Buildings Chairman and Director, Farmwood,

Panellists: Joanna Watchman, Founder, Workinmind

10:15 - 10:45
Don’t get stranded - keeping buildings fit for purpose
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Don’t get stranded - keeping buildings fit for purpose

The need to keep up with energy efficiency targets and the growing awareness of the role played by buildings in protecting the health and well-being of occupants mean many buildings could soon no longer be fit for purpose. 

This session will examine the risk that many owners and investors will end up with ‘stranded assets’ that can no longer be let or sold for commercial use because they do not meet tightening regulatory and performance obligations – including new minimum energy efficiency standards.

It will consider the importance of performance-based design; commissioning; and ongoing maintenance and refurbishment – and techniques for persuading clients to make better up-front investment decisions.


Chair: TBC

Panellists: Chris Newman, Net Zero Design Manager, Mitsubishi Electric

10:50 - 11:20
Boilers versus heat pumps – and other heating myths 
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Boilers versus heat pumps – and other heating myths 

This session will look at the whole range of options available to the domestic heating sector on the road to decarbonisation. It will reject the polarising of the debate which has created a false narrative suggesting homeowners have to make a straight choice between boilers and heat pumps. The future for the residential heating market is likely to be far more nuanced than that, and our expert panel will look at the future for renewable heating technologies, the opportunities for hydrogen and address many of the myths around heat pumps…among other things!


Chair: Graeme Fox, Head of Technical, BESA

Panellists: Peter Thom, Managing Director, Green Heat

11:25 - 12:00
Your Road to Net Zero
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Your Road to Net Zero

Mitsubishi Electric will present on the Road to Net Zero and why there is now an increased focus on the embodied carbon of products and systems in the built environment.


Chair: TBC

Speaker: Martin Fahey, Head Of Sustainability at Mitsubishi Electric UK & IRE

12:00 - 13:10
LUNCH
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LUNCH

Your opportunity to grab a bite to eat and meet our exhibitors


13:10 - 13:40
Too much talk not enough action – the IAQ challenge 
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Too much talk not enough action – the IAQ challenge 

This year’s National Clean Air Day turned the spotlight on the country’s growing indoor air quality (IAQ) crisis with high profile examples of contaminated air inside hospitals, offices, schools, and hospitality venues.

However, it also highlighted the fact that, despite unprecedented focus on this issue, very little action is being taken in thousands of buildings around the country. Better IAQ monitoring has exposed the depth of the crisis, but many people are asking: ‘What now?’

This session will focus on practical solutions and regulatory reforms – and point out that most of the engineering answers are already in place and are cheap to implement. So, there really is no excuse!


Chair: Nathan Wood, BESA Wellbeing in Buildings Chairman and MD, Farmwood

Panellists: Mark Grayston, Product Strategy and Delivery Manager, Mitsubishi Electric

13:45 - 14:15
Women in Construction - a success story
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Women in Construction - a success story

The number of women coming into the industry is on the rise, but progress on creating a truly diverse workforce remains slow.

This session will feature a line-up of inspirational female engineers determined to make our industry more welcoming and inclusive – and to accelerate the pace of change. They will focus on the positives by demonstrating how barriers to entry are being removed and talk about the many success stories of female engineers who are leading innovation and change across building services.

By focusing on positive journeys and how to inspire companies to attract women, they will provide a blueprint for employers and explain how to develop successful recruitment and retention strategies.


Chair: Claire Curran, Managing Director, Linaker

Panellists: Ella Clark, Mechanical Engineer, Aecom

Lucy Sherburn, Consulting Engineer, FairHeat,

Natasha Watson, Embodied Carbon Lead, Buro Happold

14:20 - 14:45
COFFEE AND NETWORKING
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COFFEE AND NETWORKING

Grab a refreshment, meet the exhibitors and network with peers


14:45 - 15:15
The Future Engineer
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The Future Engineer

Following on from the main plenary session when we set the scene, this discussion will feature a panel of experts looking at the likely nature of building engineering services 10, 20, 30 and more years into the future.

Our industry is already changing rapidly to meet new challenges like net zero and smart buildings with technologies like AI, virtual reality and remote diagnostics transforming the day-to-day role of the building services specialist.

This session will consider how far, how quickly and in what direction these changes will go and what we all need to be doing to prepare for our life as ‘future engineers’.  


Chair: Kevin Mitchel, CIBSE President

Panellists: Duncan Reed, Business Development Manager, Trimble

10:15 - 10:45
Politics of Climate Change in the built environment
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Politics of Climate Change in the built environment

The climate agenda is driven by political sentiment and events, the Government has set unachievable targets and will be asking those in the built environment to deliver.

What levers will they use and what measures will they impose?


Chair: Kevin Morrissey, Engineering Manager, HE Simm

Speaker: Lord Rupert Redesdale, Member of the House of Lords

10:50 - 11:20
The Non Engineer – making engineering work
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The Non Engineer – making engineering work

Not all jobs in engineering are for engineers. In fact, the growing need for more diverse skills means engineering companies are keen to attract people from many different backgrounds who can support engineers and, because they look at things from a non-engineering perspective, can spot new opportunities and suggest different.

This session will give examples of this and discuss how the world of engineering is developing to become more inclusive of people with different abilities. It will also consider how we can expand this approach to help address our skills gaps and deliver more innovation.


Chair: TBC

Panellists: Lisa-Jayne Cook, Key accounts, GEA Group and STEM-Ambassador

Samantha Buckell, PA to the Managing Director at Bitzer UK

Karen Perry, Head of Customer Service, Daikin UK

Diane Drummond, Director, B-DACS Air Conditioning Services

11:25 - 12:00
TBC
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12:00 - 13:10
LUNCH
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LUNCH

No Information Available


13:10 - 13:40
Fire dampers on the front line 
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Fire dampers on the front line 

The controversy surrounding passive fire protection continues to grow and the need to carry out more rigorous risk assessments in line with new legislation is creating greater pressure on building owners and managers in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy. 

As a result, the role of fire dampers and smoke dampers has gained unaccustomed attention. What has often been a widely ignored part of a building’s safety systems is now sharply in focus with clients anxious about meeting their statutory obligations. 

This has major implications for damper testing regimes and the competence of the firms employed to locate, test, and maintain these safety critical devices.

This session will introduce the latest BESA fire protection guidance and provide vital new advice on responsibilities and practical actions to keep building occupants safe. 


Chair: Will Pitt, Technical Leader at Laing O'Rourke and BESA's Technical Committee Chair

Panellists: Peter Rogers, Technical Consultant, BESA

Paul Downing, Principal Consultant, Compliance Air and Water

Paul White, Current President of FETA and HEVAC, Ventilation Fire and Smoke

Darren Kirk, Director, Fire Safety Partnership

13:45 - 14:15
Global Plasma Solutions
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Global Plasma Solutions

No Information Available


14:20 - 14:45
COFFEE AND NETWORKING
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COFFEE AND NETWORKING

No Information Available


14:45 - 15:15
BESA CAS Audit, What you need to know
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BESA CAS Audit, What you need to know

A session giving a brief overview of the CAS audit, discovering what the top non-conformances are followed by Q&A with the panel.


Chair: Duncan Sibbald, Head of Certification, BESA

Panellists: Russell Mott, Independent Auditor, Trainer & Assessor, ATLAS

Chris Major, Certification Manager, BESA

Representative from the BESA Membership Team 

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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board are responsible for identifying themes and speakers and work alongside the the BESA event team to help shape the this years conference programme.

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Mark Batchelor

Associate Director, Capitec

Claire-Curran-Judge

Claire Curran

Managing Director, Linaker

Graeme-Fox-Judge

Graeme Fox

Head of Technical, BESA

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Rob McNamara

Director, Capitec

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Kevin Morrissey

Engineering Manager, HE Simm

Ewen-Rose-Advisory-Board

Ewen Rose

Marketing Consultant, BESA

Lucy-Sherburn-Advisory-Board

Lucy Sherburn

Consulting Engineer, FairHeat

Chris-Stevens-Advisory-Board

Chris Stevens

Commercial Manager UK & MENA, Quintex

Nathan Wood

Nathan Wood,

BESA Wellbeing in Buildings Chairman - MD at Farmwood

Will-Pitt-Advisory-Board

Will Pitt

Technical Leader at Laing O'Rourke | Chair - BESA Technical Committee



The Speakers

Ben-Adams

Ben Adams

Founding Director, Ben Adams Architects

Frances-Brown

Frances Brown

Associate Director, Hoare Lea

Samantha-Buckle

Samantha Buckle

PA to the Managing Director, Bitzer UK

Ella-Clark

Ella Clark

Mechanical Engineer, Aecom

Lisa-Jayne-Cook

Lisa-Jayne Cook

Key accounts and STEM-Ambassador, GEA Group

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Claire Curran

Manager Director, Linaker

Paul-Downing

Paul Downing

Principal Consultant, Compliance Air and Water

Diane-Drummond

Diane Drummond

Director, B-DACS Air Conditioning Services

Martin-Fahey

Martin Fahey

Head Of Sustainability, Mitsubishi Electric

Paul-Downing

Graeme Fox

Head of Technical, BESA

David-Frise

David Frise

Chief Executive, BESA

Steve-Gill

Steve Gill

Head Of Secretariat, World Refrigeration Day

Gill-Kernick

Gill Kernick

Transformation Director, Arup

Darren-Kirk

Darren Kirk

Director, Fire Safety Partnership

Alexandra-Knight

Alexandra Knight

Founder and CEO, Stemazing

Saskia-Lorrison

Saskia Lorrison

Workplace Consultant, 360workplace

Kevin-Mitchel

Kevin Mitchell

CIBSE President

Russell-Mott

Russell Mott

Independent Auditor, ATLAS

Karen-Perry

Karen Perry

Head of Customer Service Head Daikin UK

Will-Pitt-Advisory-Board

Will Pitt

Technical Leader | Chair - BESA Technical Committee

Rupert-Redesdale

Lord Rupert Redesdale

Member of the House of Lords

Duncan-Reed

Duncan Reed

Development Manager, Trimble

Peter-Rogers

Peter Rogers

Technical Consultant, BESA

Lucy-Sherburn-Advisory-Board

Lucy Sherburn

Consulting Engineer, FairHeat

Tom-Thackray

Tom Thackray

Programme Director of Decarbonisation, CBI

Peter-Thom

Peter Thom

Managing Director, Green Heat

Joanna-Watchman

Joanna Watchman

Founder, Workinmind

Natasha-Watson

Dr Natasha Watson

Embodied Carbon – UK Lead, Buro Happold

Paul-White

Paul White

Director, Ventilation Fire Smoke I Current President of FETA and HEVAC

Nathan Wood

Nathan Wood

BESA Wellbeing in Buildings Chairman - MD at Farmwood

Peter-Woodburn

Peter Woodburn

Director I Fire Engineering, Arup

Mark-Grayston

Mark Grayston

Mark Grayston, Product Strategy and Delivery Manager, Mitsubishi Electric

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Chris Newman

Net Zero Design Manager, Mitsubishi Electric

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TBC

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Tickets

The conference, which has been a key gathering for the building services industry for many years is returning on the 20th October, so don't miss out and purchase a ticket today.

We are also hosting an awards in the evening so why not secure your place for both?

 

MEMBER TICKETS

  • Conference: £110.00+VAT
  • Conference and Awards: £220.00+VAT
  • Awards Dinner: £170.00+VAT
  • Awards Dinner Table 10: £1,530.00+ VAT

NON-MEMBER TICKETS

  • Conference: £130.00+VAT
  • Conference and Awards: £270.00+VAT
  • Awards Dinner: £190.00+VAT
  • Awards Dinner Table 10: £1,710.00+VAT
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Frequently Asked Questions

The conference will open for registration at 9:00am with the speaker programme starting at 09:35. The conference will close at -4:05pm.

The conference will take place at the Novotel London West, International Centre, 1 Shortlands, London, W6 8DR

If you would like to buy a ticket for the conference please visit the ticket booking page

Yes - the conference is open to all - you can buy your ticket via the ticket booking page

No we do not sell tickets on the door. All tickets need to be purchased in advance via the ticket booking page.

No you don't need to, please just give us your name on arrival and we will issue you with your badge.

The Novotel London West has lift access to the floor the conference will be taking place.

You don't need to book in for the talks in advance. Once you have purchased your ticket you will have access to all three theatres.

Yes we will provide refreshments on arrival, lunch and a tea and coffee break. You will be asked for your dietary requirements upon booking.

Yes we have special rates available - Please email h0737-re@accor.com and quote the code: 55036305 with your name and date you wish to stay. This rate is only bookable untill the 20th September.

The rooms are £165 inc VAT for single occupancy and £175 inc VAT For double occupancy. 

 


 The Awards

Once the sun sets on the National Conference, the space will transform into the industry’s sparkling, hot ticket event. The gala dinner which commences at 6.30pm at the Novotel, Hammersmith is dedicated to celebrating and rewarding the industry's apprentices as well as recognising companies and individuals who have impacted the built environment through their dedication, contribution, and hard work.

 

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Get in touch 

Conference and Events: Charlie Pierpoint, Event Manager on charlie.pierpoint@thebesa.com or +44 207 313 4906.

BESA membership: Janet Shelley, Head of Membership and Operations on janet.shelley@thebesa.com or +44 345 646 1044